11 February 2020 20:34
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LincolnshireLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lincoln City take on MK Dons at the LNER Stadium tonight looking arrest a run of four successive defeats. In the Dons, the Imps face another side in the wrong half of the table. MK are five points behind City but have two games in hand. Here's what you need to know ahead of the game, including team news, the views of both managers, the form guide and the referee. Team news Having last played on Friday night rather than Saturday, Michael Appleton could be tempted to stick with the side which performed well in the defeat to Rotherham.
Anthony Scully will be pushing for a start after his impressive cameo off the bench against the Millers. The game looks set to come too soon for Michael Bostwick, although he is expected to be back in the match-day squad soon. Predicted Imps team: Vickers; Eardley, Bolger, Shackell, Melbourne; Anderson, Bridcutt, Morrell, Grant; Hesketh; John-Jules. Imps boss Michael Appleton used his free Saturday to go and watch the Dons at Shrewsbury. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. "It's always nice to have a closer look at the opposition. When you're there, you see things off the ball which don't quite get to see on a video," said Appleton. "They're a decent side. They do look to play. If a few of our fans are nervous how we do it, just wait until you see them. It should be a good game with two decent footballing teams on show. "From our point of view, it's about trying to get a response from the run we're on at the minute. We need to win a game of a football and the sooner the better. "MK are in that pool of clubs where we are, which, you could say, makes it more important than the Rotherham game. "Having lost three games in a row and then going behind to a team who are steamrollering everybody, it would have been easy to get turned over. But the response we got suggests confidence still pretty high. "They [MK Dons] can make a few changes and they probably will. With it being Saturday-Tuesday, there's always a temptation to mix things up." Martin guiding Dons up the table Russell Martin was appointed after Paul Tisdale, who led the Dons to automatic promotion last season, was sacked following a run of eight defeats in nine games. Former Scotland international Martin promptly retired from playing to focus fully on management – and his decision has been vindicated so far with him leading MK to 10 points above the relegation zone. On facing the Imps, he said: "They are a team in transition under a new manager and with a number of new players, trying to change the style of play. "They have a really good home form too. It's going to be a tough game but we're looking forward to it." (Image: Getty Images) Form watch Despite their run of four straight losses, the Imps are 15th in the form table (last six games). MK are 12th having won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games. Like City, their away form is poor with just one win on the road all season. However, Martin was encouraged by the way his side fought back to secure a draw at Shrewsbury. "We got stronger and looked like winning it," he said, "We've taken a huge step forward in terms of our mentality." The referee John Busby will take charge of tonight's game. In 29 games this season, he has dished out 111 yellow cards and five reds. This will be his first game of the season but his third MK encounter. The odds As you would expect, the Imps are favourites and can be backed at 23/20 with Sky Bet. The draw is 21/10 while a Dons win is 12/5.